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Our boys and girls enjoy singing and experimenting with all types of musical instruments.  They love noise!

Our 3rd Class pupils have partaken in the St. Mary's Secondary School Transition Year musical in previous years playing orphans and elves and munchkins and what not - great fun for all!

Many of our pupils are in the St. Laurence O'Toole church choir and sing at the 11.00am Family Mass every Sunday.  Every Christmas the entire school performs a Christmas Carols service in SuperValu, Sutton to raise funds for charity.
The children love the opportunity to perform in public and this event signals the true start of the Christmas season for many of our families.

This
December 3rd-6th Class children went carol singing in Sutton Cross in aid of St. Francis Hospice.

4th class sang carols for the children of St. Micheal's House.
3rd and 5th classes sang for the elderly in Averna.


Music and Learning

Scientific research on the neurological and developmental effects of music has fascinated educators and parents with the possibility of children's learning enhancement.  Compared to the long history of research on language, our scientific understanding of music is new.  Fortunately for parents, enriching our childrens' lives with music can be easily and pleasantly accomplished.  
Encouraging music involvement in a fun way strengthens childrens' educational, physical, and emotional development.

Does Music Make My Child Smarter?

Yes - it does!  When learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step, your child experiences the unique integration of body and mind that music provides.  Sensory integration is a crucial factor in childrens' learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and maths.  
Music improves spatial-temporal reasoning, a neurological process needed to understand mathematics.  The best way to enhance your child's learning with music is to encourage listening to and learning music throughout the child's developmental years.  Do it in a variety of ways that are enjoyable and fun, then let your child's own interest and aptitudes guide your choices of lessons and activities.

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